Happy Monday

Daisy Mae would like to wish everyone a Happy Monday have a good day and a great week.

I took this picture of her after she had been playing fetch yesterday and decided to take a break.

She had her checkup a few weeks ago and weighed in at 67.1 #’s she is in perfect health and has really good teeth. This is probably due to the fact she eats about 5 dog biscuits a day.

Daisy still loves to play fetch several times a day and cools off in her pool she is very active at 5 – years old. She likes to be wherever I am even if I am only going outside for a few minutes she wants to go to.

Dogs bring out the best in all of us and they can always put a smile on your face when they try talking to you.

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Hypertufa

Hypertufa is a rock like concrete planter that is much lighter than straight concrete.

Anything from a plastic container, flower pot, stainless steel bowl, plastic bowl, boxes etc can be your molds.

All the supplies are available for about $20.00 – $25.00 and this is plenty to make probably 6 – 8 things depending on the size.

The first batch I tried equal parts of Portland Cement, Peat Moss, and Perlite. I found this to be a bit too crumbly.

Next, I tried 1 1/2 times Portland Cement to 1 part everything else and this seemed to work out better. Let it sit for a few minutes to see if the texture is sort of like oatmeal add more dry ingredients or more water to get it the right consistency.

Spray molds with a nonstick spray and start putting in the mixture molding it to the sides and bottom as you go. It is sort of like a texture type clay mixture.

Place it in the bag for 48 hrs turn the mold over gently to release on a flat surface let dry another 24 hours. Then place in the sun for a week or so. After that soak it in water overnight and then it is ready to plant in.

Notice all the textures that show up in this planter it makes for a very natural looking container that is very lightweight. The Aloe Vera is very happy in it.

I will be making a few more things now that I have the ratio figured out correctly. I want to do a big trough.

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I love frogs

I love frogs and frog statues & they fit in perfectly by our Koi & Goldfish pond.

Through the years I have collected a few different frog statues & one time I even duplicated one I already had. I have had to repaint some of them a few times but they seem to weather pretty well outside.

I found this one last week and fell in love with it because its really big and the mama frogs standing up with the baby frog on her back. It was just way too cute. To top it off I got it for half price.

I really wish there had been a few others like a series of them but there wasn’t.

Always check the clearance you never know what you might find that you really did not know you needed until you saw it.

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New swing

My sister’s neighbors were throwing away this old glider, and 4 metal chairs. They were all very rusted and needed some new bolts some TLC and some paint.

We snagged them all and decided to make the glider into a swing. The only issue is we have had to move the chains several times because it was bucking us out lol. I think finally we have it where it needs to be which is different than this picture.

One chair of the four has been painted and it’s a moss green I am not sure what colors the rest of the chairs will be. They just do not make chairs like this anymore the new ones that are similar are not near as heavy.

You know what they say one person’s trash is another person treasure.

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Doves just wanna have fun

I never know what I might see in the 3 bird baths that sit together in the backyard.

I think its so funny all the birds visiting will get in one bird bath & be crowded when there is plenty of room in other bird baths.

These doves like everything else are just looking for a place to cool off and get a drink. I try my best to change the water every day so it will stay cooler but they like it better in the sun than in the shade.

Yesterday we finally got a little bit of rain 1 1/4″ hopefully there will be more to come in the next few days.

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Parks and safety

My sister and I walk & bike ride and this week we joined a gym.

Today we were walking in one of our favorite parks that happens to be mostly shaded and you are surrounded by nature.

We had done round 1 of the trails and were on the path part.

There normally is us and 4 others at this park in the early morning this is at 7:00 a.m.

I looked up and I see this guy standing by his car but he is obviously watching this young girl 25ish running. I told my sister I had a bad feeling. I took out my mace spray and moved it where I could get to it easier just in case we needed it.

The girl had lapped us she was running not jogging and she was heading toward the guy when he all of a sudden he raised the hood of his car. Once she spotted him I think she knew something was not quite right she turned around and went the other direction.

We kept walking hoping to cross paths with her but she actually went to another park across the street so she was safe.

We continued to watch the guy without letting on we were watching him. All of a sudden after we are coming around the path he headed to the trails where we were going next. He left his hood up on his car and the windows down and was walking the trails the whole thing was creepy.

Once he was out of site we got into my truck and left but not until we drove past his car to get the license plate number just in case we might need it.

I am glad to know the girl left the park but I do not think he knew this. I think he went looking for her on the trails. It was one of the scariest things ever I just felt he was up to no good by watching his actions.

First of all, no one should run, walk, jog or bike by themselves it is just not safe. Make sure you pay attention to what is going on around you it could save your life or someone else’s.

The trails are very secluded through a brushy tree area and often times you do not see anyone on the trails. The trails are 1 mile there and back so no one would see you unless they were going down the trails.

We have since decided not to go back to the park for a while because it really bothered us both.

Remember there is always SAFETY in Numbers and please pay attention to what is going on around you.

Morning Glory

Good morning to the morning glory vine and flowers.

This flowering vine really puts on a show.

My sister gave me this one and it is in a pot but and I have it wrapped around a small oak tree.

It is one of the first things I see in the morning when I step out the back porch.

Sometimes it is the little things that can put a smile on your face in the morning.

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